Mikel Arteta provides injury update on €25m-rated attacker

The London giants attacker Gabriel Martinelli has revealed that he is feeling ‘confident’ again after stepping up his recovery from a severe knee problem he suffered earlier this year.

U23 Brazil international went down in a heap at Gunners training ground back in June and underwent surgery to repair a lesion in the cartilage of his left knee which ruled him out of the remainder of last campaign.

The Spanish manager has also been without Gabriel at the start of this term but there are hopes the forward could return to first-team action before the end of 2020. Martinelli is positive about the progress he’s made and is due to begin ball work in the not-too-distant future.

‘I feel very well,’ Martinelli told Gunners official website. ‘I’m regaining confidence and I can feel my knee is better. After an injury like this you are kind of scared to force the knee again but the past couple of weeks it has been fine. Soon I can start training with the ball.’

Gabriel believes Gunners should be targeting a top-four finish in the PL and more silverware this season after their recent success in the FA Cup and Community Shield. ‘I think we have an excellent squad and along with Mikel’s forward-thinking and winning mentality we can carry on doing well,’ the Brazilian forward added.

The 19-year-old forward has been joined at the London club by Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes this summer and the teenager says his fellow countryman have already settled in really well at the Emirates Stadium.